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Some call this Dagala Trek ‘a thousand lakes trek’, for, they get to see a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. You will be ushered through the shimmering lakes and also be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta, and many more. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes. Although it is somewhat of a strenuous trek, it is worthwhile because of the tranquility and beauty of the natural landscape that you will enjoy during the journey. The best time to embark on this trek is between April-June or September –October.

Day 01: Arrive at Paro
Receive at the Paro International Airport (2200 meters above sea level). Visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum, Paro Rinpung Dzong, and nearby temples. Have an orientation tour in Paro town in the evening.

Overnight at Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 02: Hike to Tiger’s Nest (Taktshang)
Hike to Taktshang Monastery (2900m) which is known as the Tiger’s Nest. It is one of the holiest sites in the country, in fact in the world.

Overnight at Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)

Day 03: Paro – Genekha – Gur (Trek starts)
Distance 7 km, Time 5 hours, Camp Elevation 3290m.
Drive to Genekha under Thimphu District. Then begin trekking from Genekha towards Gur.

Overnight stay at Gur campsite.

Day 04: Gur – Labatama
Distance 12Km, Time 6 hours, Camp Elev 4100m.
Trek from Gur to Labatama. Walk through Utsho Lake where golden trouts are in abundance. The campsite is right next to the lake at 4100m.

Halt for the night at Labatama campsite.

Day 05: Labatama – Pankha,
Distance 8Km, Time 5-6 hours, Camp Elev 400m.
Resume trekking from Labatama to Pankha. The trail passes through the western side of the Dalatsho up to a saddle at 4520m.

The campsite is at Pankha at 4000m.    

Day 06: Pankha – Chamgang (2600M) – Thimphu (Trek ends),
Distance 14Km, Time 8 hours,
Begin another day of trekking from Pankha toward Chamgang. Upon reaching Chamgang, you will be picked up and taken to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Day07: Thimphu-Paro DEPARTURE
Leave for your respective destination from Paro International Airport.

Frequently Asked Questions on Dagala Trek

What is the Dagala Trek?

The Dagala Trek is a popular trekking route in Bhutan that takes you through the beautiful countryside and forests of the Dagala Thousand Lakes region. The trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains and the chance to see a variety of wildlife, including Bhutan’s national animal, the takin.

How long is the Dagala Trek?

The length of the Dagala Trek depends on the route that you take. Some routes are as short as 5 days, while others can be up to 10 days in length.

What is the difficulty level of the Dagala Trek?

The Dagala Trek is considered moderate to challenging, with daily hikes ranging from 4 to 7 hours. The trek involves some steep ascents and descents, and a good level of physical fitness is recommended.

What should I bring to the Dagala Trek?

Some essential items to bring on the Dagala Trek include:

  • Comfortable and sturdy hiking boots
  • Warm and waterproof clothing (temperatures can vary greatly at high altitudes)
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • A flashlight or headlamp
  • Snacks and water (although food and water will be provided by the trekking company)

Can I hire a guide for the Dagala Trek?

Yes, it is recommended to hire a guide for the Dagala Trek. Guides are knowledgeable about the route and can provide information about the local culture and environment. They can also assist if you need it along the way.

Is it possible to customize the Dagala Trek route?

Yes, it is possible to customize the Dagala Trek route to suit your interests and preferences. You can discuss your specific needs with a trekking company to create a customized itinerary.

Is it possible to do the Dagala Trek during the monsoon season?

The monsoon season in Bhutan typically falls between June and September, and the Dagala Trek may not be possible during this time due to rain and muddy conditions. It is best to plan your trek during the dry season, which runs from October to May.